Tuesday, September 24, 2019

A Downton Abbey Inspired Fall Table ~ Pinterest Challenge




Welcome to  September's Pinterest Challenge hosted by my friend Cindy of County Road 407  and if you are new to my blog French Ethereal, a hearty welcome to you! For all of my friends and for everyone stopping by from Carol at Bluesky at Home 
I am glad you are here! 

With the release of Downton Abbey in theatres this month I was inspired to share an outdoor table befitting the king and queen! Come, let's go in (or out!), shall we?...


Lord and Lady Ethereal looking dapper this weekend.
This lady forgot her gloves at home... :(


My Downton Abbey table setting  grew quickly with the coming of the movie and it's lovely trailer...




All month long I have been working on getting ready for a Downton Abbey-themed weekend meeting that I became the chairperson for a year ago. With this I have been sewing a 1920's style dress and then thinking about how I wanted to set an outdoor table for this month's challenge.





Our Pinterest Challenge this month is a lovely fall outdoor table and patio set for a party by Beth of Home Stories A to Z entitled Affordable Fall Decor: 6 Tips for Southern Outdoor Patio Decorating and Entertaining. Beth is new to me as a blogger however Cindy has been friends with her for a while.

Beth's style is sleek and elegant...



Elements used in this table setting

Thin log cuts were used as chargers along with woven golden grass ones on her blond pine picnic table. Wide striped napkins were used as placemats to bring another element of texture to this table setting. 

A stunning autumnal flower arrangement set off this table setting beautifully! Copper mugs, pale Baby Boos and other lightly striped pumpkins complete this table's quiet fall look. A tin washtub used as a tray gather all of these elements nicely together ~ similar to last month's coffee table Pinterest Challenge.




My table's style elements

For our lord and lady's alfresco luncheon this table is laid with a fall picnic blanket tablecloth. White ironstone plates act as chargers beneath smaller pumpkin dessert plates. 

This table setting called for a smaller bouquet than the inspiration piece and I went with a decidedly fall theme of orange chrysanthemums mixed with purple-lavender thistles.



I do not have any copper pieces so I continued my ironstone look with a white pitcher used as a vase and this coffee set of Villeroy and Boch Botanica china. Earlier this year the patio was set with a patriotic theme.

Pumpkin spice cake and the fall colors in the tablecloth lend their coppery color to this autumn vignette. Baby boo pumpkins and a small white ramekin of freshly collected acorns off the backyard oak trees lend their bit of nature to this scene.

The sun was peeking in and out as I took these photographs for you!

The calendar says it is fall however the Texas heat is still on for a while and our plants are a bit worn from the summer. Decidedly not Downton Abbey-worthy but coming cool weather and a gentle clipping will make them worthy of Cousin Violet's garden show again!
;)



Couldn't you see the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley and Cousin Isobel Crawley coming outside to partake in this alfresco scene? The picnic blanket's plaid is a nod to the family's Scottish heritage (and mine).




Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed this alfresco fall table and if you are following the tour Cindy is up next from County Road 407 sharing her lovely outdoor table setting. I know you will enjoy her post!! I encourage you to visit all of my friends on today's tour and feel free to stop back by to continue the tour as needed. 








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28 comments:

  1. Very well done and exciting getting ready for your event. It must be a busy time getting ready. Lovely fall table.

    Cindy

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! The Downton Abbey dinner and jazz evening was wonderful!! This was a fun prelude setting up the table alfresco...

      Thanks again,
      Barb :)

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  2. Barbara your dress is stunning with or without gloves. And your outdoor tablescape is fit for the Queen herself.

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    1. Thank you, Mary! This was a fun couple of posts and I finally did see the movie!! It's good.

      Happy fall to you and enjoy the leaves changing in NY,
      Barb :)

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  3. What a beautiful table setting Barb! Your dress turned out absolutely beautiful. Bravo!

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    1. Thank you, Laura! I'm glad you made yours first as I could refer back to it (the front skirt pleats). I think the combination B pattern is prettiest, really. Still wish I'd remembered my gloves... ;)

      Hope to see you soon and I'll plan on coming to the Marie Antoinette DFW Costumers get-together,
      Barb :)

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  4. I love your set of china, Barb! What a fun event; you definitely look like you fit the part. I have held off getting addicted to Downtown Abbey thus far; I'm sure it will eventually happen, since I love all the visual vintage beauty!

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    1. It's a fun series, Lora! I love all the costumes and moving from the early 1910's on through into the 1920's. Pretty amazing how much women's clothing changed during those short years!!

      Happy fall to you,
      Barb :)

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  5. Your tablescape is adorable, Barb! I'm a fan of Downton Abbey, as well! ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Julie! It's a fun show/series, isn't it?

      Enjoy your fall,
      Barb :)

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  6. You and Mr. Ethereal looked amazing. And I love how your table turned out. All the white against the plaid tablecloth is perfectly fall and quite Downton Abby. Thanks for joining in despite your very busy life. Much appreciated.

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! I enjoy meeting up with everyone for each month's Pinterest Challenge (even with brain fog!). Thank you for the invitation!!

      Happy fall and here's to cooler Texas weather,
      Barb :)

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  7. It's a perfect fall table! And I hope you and Mr. E. sat down and enjoyed a lovely dinner there in all your Downton finery. You both look fantastic!

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    1. Hi Jeanie! Yes, we did have a lovely time at the dinner and I kept remarking how good Mr. E looked in his suit and black bowtie! We've decided that needs to happen more often.

      Happy fall to you and thank you,
      Barb :)

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  8. Such a lovely couple and your fall table is so pretty. Plaid is a classic. Happy fall Barbara.

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    1. Hi Linda, thank you! This was a really fun table to set up. I do love fall and maybe that makes it easier to create a fun table to share.

      Happy fall to you, as well! Enjoy the fall in El Dorado County,
      Barb :)

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  9. I love the Downton Abbey theme, Barb! I'm a big fan, too, but I haven't checked out the new movie yet. Your table looks fit for a lord and lady. And you and your husband look so wonderful all dressed up in your period attire. :) I'm happy to be hopping with you again.

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    1. Thank you, Crissy! I'm sorry I didn't get back to you right away a day after the party... My computer battery died just as I was reading your post. Then I forgot until the weekend! This was another wonderful hop, wasn't it?

      Thank you for your lovely thoughts,
      Barb :)

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  10. Just saw the movie and can absolutely see Violet and Isobel having one of the classic 'trading of barbs' on your back porch! All they need are the tea and crumpets!

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    1. That's it, Lynn! Just some tea and crumpets and we'd be all set!! Glad you enjoyed the movie and my little table setting. <3

      Happy fall to you and I enjoyed the movie this past Friday evening, really good!
      Barb :)

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  11. The dress you made is amazing! You must have worked many hours on this. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie but will wait until it comes to the dollar theater. Your table looks very festive for fall!

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    1. Thank you, Paula! I did put in quite a few hours on this dress. I didn't keep count but it was 25 hours or more (a lot of thought-time, too). The movie is good and I know you'll enjoy it!! I saw it with Mr. Ethereal this past weekend.

      Enjoy your fall decor and I was happy to be on the hop with you again,
      Hugs,
      Barb :)

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  12. I absolutely LOVE an outdoor Fall tablescape! Love the plaid tablecloth, and you two looked amazing for your event!

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    1. Thank you, Debra! Glad you enjoyed this tablescape. The dinner and jazz music was a success. <3

      Happy fall hugs to you,
      Barb :)

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  13. Barbara, I just finished starting Season 6 last week and plan to see the movie this week. The plaid tablecloth is the perfect nod to the season and your ironstone and fall plates work perfectly together.

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment, Carol! It means a lot as I admire your table settings and I do try to emulate yours and others'. Glad you finished Season 6 of DA!! The movie is good and I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

      Fall hugs,
      Barb :)

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  14. This is so much fun! I still haven't seen the movie. My husband and I hope to this week. This is such a beautiful tablescape!

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  15. Thank you so much, Christy! Hope you both enjoyed the movie; we saw it this weekend and of course I cried... Good ending but I hope somehow they create more. <3

    Happy fall to you,
    Barb :)

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I appreciate your leaving me a comment, thank you!
Hugs,
Barb :)

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